Livio Sassetti was one of the founding members of the Brunello di Montalcino producer’s consortium (consorzio). His property is one of two which bear the name ‘Sassetti’ (the other is Angelo Sassetti) on the “north slope” of the Montalcino hill. The two Sassettis own pieces of the farm historically known as “Podere Pertimali,” which occupies part of Montalcino’s famed “Montosoli” vineyard. Although Montalcino isn’t known for having much of the vineyard-designate culture that defines Barolo, or Burgundy, Montosoli’s cru status was given voice by the Altesino winery, which has bottled a vineyard-designate wine from the site since the late seventies. Montosoli is a rounded outcropping with 360-degree exposures, and the Livio Sassetti family’s parcel faces southeast. Aged for six months in stainless steel and six in bottle before release (the ’15 Brunello, meanwhile, won’t enter the market until 2020), it’s a model of transparency and impeccable balance. In the glass, it’s a deep ruby moving to garnet at the rim, with highly complex aromas of red and black cherry, plum, raspberry, blood orange, violets, mushrooms, and lots of brambly underbrush. Medium-plus bodied and blessed with silky soft tannins and plenty of freshness, it feels very complete right now but will likely continue to improve over the next 3-5 years. Sassetti wines, Rosso and Brunello alike, are always reliably savory and woodsy—a hallmark of classic Montalcino Sangiovese—but in ’15 it’s a touch more luscious ripeness that really puts the wine over the top. Give this delicious red a rough decant about 30-45 minutes.